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Nonno 2017 February (Sho and Aiba) Birthday Arashi vol. 108


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I translated an interview with Sho and Aiba from Nonno 2017 February, vol. 108 of the Arashi series. Nonno and Sho surprise Aiba with a birthday party! Sho and Aiba talk a little about their birthdays as a child, and we find out what Sho and Aiba gave the rest of Arashi for their birthdays in 2016.

Please let me know if I've made any mistakes!


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Japanese text

櫻井翔x相葉雅紀
サプライズ誕生会を開催

Vol. 108 「バースデーノアラシ」
今日はノンノ連載初の嵐誕生会。部屋を飾ってカードを書いて。。。あとは主役を待つばかり!

今回は、クリスマスイブ生まれの相葉くんの誕生会を企画。「本人にはテーマを伝えずにね(ニヤリ)」という松本くんの計らいで、サプライズに挑戦したよ!早めに来てくれた櫻井くんが、ケーキやカードを準備してスタンバイ。そこへ、何も知らない相葉くんが到着。部屋に入ると。。。一瞬フリーズして、すぐに「そいうことかぁ!」と笑顔に。早速乾杯して、ハッピートークの始まり始まり

何度も嵐と迎えてきた誕生日いろんな思い出があるなぁ

櫻井:サプライズ、大成功だったね!
相葉:ビックリしたよ!オレは今日のお題「トキメキノアラシ」って聞いてて。「何するんだろ?」って謎だったの。いつもより待ち時間が長かったから、翔ちゃんメインの撮影なのかと思った(笑)。
櫻井:準備してたんだよ(ニヤリ)。ま、スタッフさんに多大な力を借りしたんだけど(笑)。オレは、こういう細かい作業はヘタだなって再確認しちゃった。
相葉:(部屋を見渡して)いや~、感動だよ!一番乗りのお祝い、ありがとうございます。翔ちゃんは子どもの頃、こういう誕生会してもらったことある?
櫻井:それが全然!オレの誕生日って、試験中でみんなが忙しい時期だから。一度、ファミレスで勉強中に、友達がケーキを用意してくれたことはあったけど。
相葉:オレも、イブだし冬休みだし友達と、って感じじゃなかったなぁ。親戚たちと、クリスマス会を兼ねて集まってた。それがここ数年は、ライブの本番中にメンバーやお客さんにお祝いしてもらう、なんてことも。。。あれは最高に幸せ!
櫻井:オレも昔、ソロコンサートで誕生日をお客さんにお祝いしてもらった時は感激したな。嵐のメンバー同士では誕生会はしないけど、毎年プレゼントは渡し合ってるよね。オレ、直近は鞄シリーズだった。智くんには小さめバッグ、相葉くんとニノにはリュック、マツジュンには大きめのトートをあげたんだよね。
相葉:オレは、リーダーにTシャツ、翔ちゃんに服、ニノに靴、マツジュンにスウェットかな。過去のもので忘れられないのは、20歳の誕生日にもらったCD!
櫻井:ニノが作曲して、スタッフさんにも参加してもらってレコーディングして、一人一人に贈ったんだよね。ニノの時は曲を書く人がいなくてビデオレターになったという。それも、超おバカな(笑)。
相葉:(吹き出して)若かったなぁ~!
櫻井:そういえば、この間の11月3日は、友達がサプライズを企画してくれたの。遅くなったから帰ろうとしたんだけど、「顔だけ出して」って言われて言ったら、「デビュー記念日おめでとう!」。まさか、プライベートで祝いってもらえるとは!
相葉:ありがたいね。オレも、同じシチュエーションでヨコ(横山裕)に呼ばれて。何かと思ったら、「紅白司会決定おめでとう!」って盛り上げてくれて、うれしかったなぁ。今後、もし嵐でサプライズをするなら。。。誰かの結婚式とか?
櫻井:(想像して)え~オレ、メンバーに来てもらうのヤだ!恥ずかしすぎる!
相葉:でもさ、行きたいでしょ!?
櫻井:(また想像して)。。。確かに(笑)。
相葉:絶対泣いちゃうなぁ。どんな企画や余興も、全力で頑張りますよ(笑)!


Vol. 108 Birthday Arashi

Sakurai Sho x Aiba Masaki
Surprise birthday party

Today is the first Arashi birthday party in this series in Nonno. After decorating the room and writing a card… all that's left is to wait until the lead comes!

In this edition we planned a birthday party for Aiba-kun who was born on Christmas Eve. At Matsumoto-kun's suggestion, who grinned and said not to tell Aiba about the theme, we tried to surprise him! Sakurai-kun came in early, prepared a cake and a card, and then waited on standby. Unaware of this, Aiba-kun entered the room. When he opened the door… he froze for an instant, then immediately said with a smile, "This is what you were doing!" They toast straightaway, and then the happy talk begins.


I have various memories of being with Arashi often around the time of my birthday

Sho: The surprise was a huge success!
Aiba: I was surprised! I'd heard that today's theme was "Throbbing Arashi". What that would involve was a complete mystery. Since I had to wait longer than usual, I thought maybe Sho-chan would be the main person photographed (laughs).
Sho: I was getting things ready (grins). Well, I borrowed a lot of help from the staff members (laughs). I reconfirmed that I suck at this kind of work, where you need to pay attention to the details.
Aiba: (Looking all over the room) Wow, I'm so touched! Thank you for being the first to celebrate my birthday. When you were little, did you ever have a party like this?
Sho: Never! My birthday is in the middle of the exam period, so it was a busy time for everyone. But once, while we were studying at a family restaurant, my friends prepared a cake for me.
Aiba: Same, since it's on Christmas Eve and it's during the winter holidays, I feel like I didn't get to celebrate it with my friends. Me and my relatives would meet up and we'd combine celebrating Christmas and my birthday. In the more recent years, I've been lucky enough to celebrate during concerts with the other members of Arashi and the audience… those are the happiest birthdays!
Sho: Me too, ages ago when I did a solo concert and the audience celebrated my birthday, I was deeply touched. We don't have birthday parties with our fellow members of Arashi, but we do give each other presents every year. Most recently [2016] I gave bags. I gave Satoshi-kun a slightly small bag, Aiba-kun and Nino backpacks, and MatsuJun a slightly big tote bag.
Aiba: I gave Leader a t-shirt, Sho-chan clothes, Nino shoes, and MatsuJun sweats, I think. An unforgettable one from the past is the CD I received for my 20th birthday!
Sho: Nino composed the music, staff members also participated, we recorded, and we gave it to each other one by one. When it was Nino's turn, there was no one to write the song, so we made a video letter. That was also very ridiculous but fun (laughs).
Aiba: (bursts into laughter) Man, we were young!
Sho: That reminds me, recently on the 3rd of November, it was getting late so I was going to go home, but a friend said to come over and just say hi, so I went over and when I got there I hear, "Congratulations on the anniversary of your debut!" Can you believe it, my friends privately celebrated our debut day!
Aiba: We feel grateful for that. I've been in the same situation before, and Yoko (Yokoyama Yuu) called me over. I was wondering what was up, and he enthusiastically congratulated me on being chosen as the host for Kouhaku, which made me so happy. If we were going to plan a surprise as Arashi… maybe it would be something like a member's wedding?
Sho: (Imagining) I don't want the members to come to mine! It'd be so embarrassing!
Aiba: But you want to go to our weddings, don't you!?
Sho: (Again imagining) … Certainly (laughs).
Aiba: I'll definitely cry. I'll give it my all, whether it's the planning or entertainment (laughs)!
Tags: aiba masaki, arashi, sakurai sho, translations
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